From the sermon series: Love your neighbor.
Hospitality is a repeated call in the Bible for Christ-followers (i.e. Romans 12:13, 1 Peter 4:9, etc.). We end this series by revisiting the table metaphor as Jesus is eating with his disciples and “tax collectors and sinners”. Is our table/timetable open for fellow Christians and people far from God whom we can break bread together with?
- From the sermon series: Love your neighbor.God has an accusation against his people. He recounts his abundant faithfulness to them by reminding them of his past provision to them. He has been their deliverer, their rescuer. Israel responds asking how they can make atonement. What sacrifice or ritual is required? God’s response is found in v. 8: act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God.
- From the sermon series: Love your neighbor.Jesus disciple, John, has an interesting journey. From being a man with the nickname “son of thunder” to one who writes so passionately about love as in our passage today. He’s one who’s encountered Jesus and has had his heart transformed. We too need to meet this God of love so can truly be ones who love our neighbor.
- From the sermon series: Love your neighbor.The church is place of community and connection. We are each in important part in the body of Christ. In fact Paul says the weaker members of the body are indispensable. At Gracepoint no one should stand alone and we ought to be experiencing authentic relationships. Paul also reminds us that we have all received spiritual gifts, each person can make a difference for the kingdom.
- From the sermon series: Love your neighbor.This message will contrast how the Pharisee saw the woman (v. 39) with how Jesus saw her (v. 44). She had lived a sinful life, she had a reputation. The Pharisee perceived and treated her accordingly. Jesus on the other hand saw her as an image bearer of God, one who was thirsty for grace. We can likewise perceive and name others according to the world’s perceptions of them or how God sees them.
- From the sermon series: Love your neighbor.God encourages Jeremiah while he is in exile to buy a piece of land and settle down. He is to seek the shalom of the city. Our city should be better off because the Christians that live here. A Street that has a Christian living on it should be better off because of the presence of that Christ follower. Paul says in the 1 Cor 9 passage that he will do whatever it takes to bring people to Christ. This may mean that we need to likewise adjust our schedules, priorities, attitudes, etc. to see God’s kingdom come in our neighborhoods, schools, workplaces, etc.
- From the sermon series: Love your neighbor.New life and relationship with Christ. John 6:25-35. Jesus invites us to himself as the bread of life. We all crave food and drink and it sustains our life, but only Jesus is the one who gives us life. Sermon will focus on the communion table and Jesus as the satisfier of our soul’s hunger.
- From the sermon series: Love your neighbor.Jesus encounters the woman at the well, but it’s no accident He meets her. He “had to go through” Samaria (v. 4). Likewise it is no accident that we live where we do. Jesus intentionally and actively engages her, conveying a spirit of acceptance and not judgment. Jesus calls us to do the same with our literal neighbours whom He has divinely placed by us (Acts 17:26). We will know our neighbours when we know their names, their interests and their struggles.
- From the sermon series: Love your neighbor.“Who is my neighbor” the expert in the law asks Jesus. Jesus responds with the well known story of the Good Samaritan. Love for one’s neighbor means seeing the needs around us. The Good Samaritan also felt compassion for the bruised man. Perhaps most importantly, he takes action, spending time and money to help see this man well. Jesus calls us to go and do likewise.
- From the sermon series: Love your neighbor.We often think of the great commandment solely in terms of loving God completely. But Jesus added to the Shema, adding the imperative of loving one’s neighbour. That neighbour could be across the pew, across the kitchen table, across the street or across the world. In a culture of rugged individualism, we are called to root ourselves with our presence.